19 June 2009, by A. Cedilla
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Joel Arthur Baker
Are you willing to do the actual work to change your world for the better? To take the lead in determining the course of your life? In capping this four-part series we’ve covered the following: 1) How to use your time wisely, and in accordance with your priorities, 2) Identifying visions and goals, and 3) Breaking down your plan into flexible, manageable steps. This last part ties everything we’ve covered together.
Being busy doesn’t always mean accomplishing something.
As an old joke goes, “It’s no use watering the lawn when your roof is on fire.” Know what your priorities are, and establish a support system so you can take care of them. Make it so you don’t have to worry about sudden flames erupting from your attic, and arrange it so you have back-ups and some fail-safe handy for emergencies. Continue reading The Four Quarters 4 – Putting Things Together
16 June 2009, by A. Cedilla
When you’re haggard, harried and hurried by all the demanding To-Do’s that are either staring you in the face or breathing heavily down your neck, it would seem like the craziest thing to do is to sit down and let your plans go to pieces, right?
But when everything you know is screaming at you that this is exactly the wrong thing to do, breaking things down can actually kick you out of the spiral of stress you’re in, and jump-start your engines.
As the old joke goes,” How do you eat an elephant?”
You know the answer: “Bite by bite.”
And how do you live a life, or realize a dream?
Day by day. And you build a life the same way. Simple, yes? But not easy. Nobody ever made absolute 100% full-refund-or-your-money-back-guarantees about life being easy. Run away from anyone who says so, and run fast. Continue reading The Four Quarters 3 – Breaking Down The Pieces
12 June 2009, by A. Cedilla
In the first part of this series, we covered the overview for personal time management by bringing to the front truths that have often been passed over in the rush to maximize your time, namely:
You have to have a vision.
Not for nothing have we developed into sight-hunters. We evolved to use sight as our main sense in experiencing life. And having a vision comes from using your physical sight and mental visualization to paint a picture of the future you want, whether it’s the near future, or years off.
You need to have a goal.
A goal is a step towards your vision. Broken down into manageable chunks, each step you take keeps you going. A goal is something to test yourself on, see what you’re made of. You also need to have several goals, ones that come from the various facets of your personality and the needs you develop at different stages in your life. And as you change over time, so too do your goals.
It takes time to make time.
You need time to plan things, to coolly identify and lay out your most important goals, time to plan the steps toward these goals, as well as the time to wait for them to come to fruition while working on them. Continue reading The Four Quarters 2 – Visions and Goals
09 June 2009, by A. Cedilla
It isn’t so much a question as it is a complaint: “Who doesn’t want to have more time?”
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) everyone has the same number of hours in their day as everyone else.
You have the amount of time that Shakespeare, Einstein, and Mother Teresa had. So the usual reaction is either a) “Go on and be amazing,” or b) “No excuses, slacker!”
But is that really it?
Such a simplistic view of the situation pushes us to cram as many things as we can into our days, multi-tasking into frazzled oblivion as pressures within and without push us to Get The Most Out Of Our Time.
You need to understand: It takes time to make time,–to step back and understand that being busy doesn’t always mean accomplishing something.
See, Shakespeare, Einstein and Mother Teresa made their contributions over a lifetime. We’re talking about the long-haul here, not just the frequent sprints that life nowadays calls us to do. Continue reading The Four Quarters 1 – Personal Time Management